The PKR 2018 Election

It began on 22 September and after 8 weeks, the PKR 2018 Election has drawn to a close, or maybe not. “I don’t know why (they are celebrating). We have yet to reach the end (of the poll),” she (the PKR President) told reporters after launching the Astro Junior Championships U15 (Regional) badminton tournament, here.… Read the article

Paradise now

This was a sermon I preached 2 years ago. My church community is once again going through a spate of bad news. Rama’s article reminded me of what I had shared then. My heart has been weighed down by the many deaths experienced in our community in recent times. I thought it would be good to speak about it.… Read the article

The Reason Christians Sing at Funerals

The following are words I spoke last week (16 October) at a Wake Service for K P Waran, the legendary Malaysian Journalist and Executive Editor at The New Straits Times, Malaysia. (I am related to him by marriage.) I recall these words today, my 59th birthday, against the background of this verse from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 7:2): ”It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” What is Christian worship and why are we doing it now?… Read the article

ICERD

The introduction on the Wikipedia page on ICERD says, The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is a United Nations convention. A third-generation human rights instrument, the Convention commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races.… Read the article

Cultural Wars

I came across an article entitled “White evangelicals are the sleeping giant of the 2018 midterms” recently. The author claimed that conservative evangelical Christians are an important support base for Donald Trump and the Republican Party. In an effort to explain why this is so, despite an overwhelmingly popular view that Trump and the Republicans have been unfair, unjust and unmerciful in their views and policies towards the weak and marginalised, he has tried to look at Trump’s presidency from the point of view of this group of people.… Read the article

Converting the Church

In his epochal commentary on the biblical Epistle to the Romans in 1919, the Swiss theologian Karl Barth reminded his readers that “It was the Church, and not the world, that crucified Christ.” These are words that we need to recall constantly. Authoritarian governments have sprung up all the world in recent years, many of them supported by people calling themselves “Bible-believing Christians.” Even as I write, such folk in Brazil are preparing to vote into the Presidency a former army officer who is brazenly racist, misogynistic, contemptuous of the poor and defensive of the military dictatorship in Brazil’s dark era of repression.… Read the article

Pahit Zahid

A few days ago, during a parliamentary session, Zahid raised a question: The incident in Palu (Indonesia), it was said that over 1,000 people were involved in the (LGBT) activities and the area was hit (by the disaster). This is a punishment from God. “I would like to ask, as part of Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) tasks to implement the Mukhayyam outreach programme to help the LGBT community, on steps taken by the government agencies and other states on this issue.… Read the article

The Peace

Call: The peace of God be with you Reply: And also with you Together: Amen In the midst of disquiet, the Spirit has led me to spend time on Philippians 4: 4-9. Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps.… Read the article

The vote on Anwar

Ever since he burst onto the national stage in the 70s, I have felt that Anwar’s agenda was not “Malaysian”, but “Malay” and “muslim”. This was not in any way predicated on any detailed knowledge, but impressions garnered from newspapers. When Anwar shifted from an external pressure group (ABIM) to join UMNO, I felt that he was a man who was willing to be used because he believes he can use those who would use him.… Read the article